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    Fear of the Dark
    15 Books to Help Kids Overcome Their Fears
      Childhood can bring a lot of phobias and anxiety — fear of the dark, or thunder, or monsters, or going to the doctor, or the potty, or school, or the dentist... Eek! So here's a list of great children's books to help kids cure their inner w...
  • How to wean your baby from the bottle
    Weaning
    5 Tips for How to Wean Your Baby from the Bottle or Breast
    How to wean your baby is a hot topic among moms, but what's the best way to do it? There are two important factors to consider when weaning from the bottle or breast: your baby's nutritional needs and their emotional needs. Leigh Anne O'Connor i...
    Laura Richards
  • Playdough
    6 Homemade Playdough Recipes
    Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Having twins has its sweet moments and its challenges
    Twins
    Having Twins: A Day in the Life of Mom
    I will never forget the day my husband went back to work after I had twins. Our boys were preemies and were in the NICU for a while. When they were released, life went back to normal. Wait, no, not normal. Normal went out the window, especially f...
    Laura Richards
  • Nursing Mom Using Breastfeeding Pillow
    Babies and Toddlers
    7 Must-Have Breastfeeding Supplies for Nursing Moms
    Congratulations on making the decision to breastfeed your new baby. Not only can breast milk help prevent your baby from developing illnesses later in life, but it also contains the exact proportions of protein, fat, sugar, and water that your ba...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Preventing Meltdowns Little Girl Crying on Chair
    Babies and Toddlers
    6 Strategies to Help Prevent Meltdowns and Tantrums
    This past week I took my two-year-old to Dunkin Donuts for his favorite treat, a chocolate frosted donut. We had spent the morning at the library with my sister-in-law and her son (who is also 2). Since they played nicely, we decided to reward th...
  • Child Playing with Homemade Clay
    Clay
    Homemade Clay Recipes
    Use the following recipes to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays should be dried overnight, while others are best baked in an oven. When hard, sculptures can be decorated and preserved with acrylic paint or finish. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Baby Walking on Hardwood Floor
    Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing Your Rental Home or Apartment: Special Circumstances to Consider
    If you’re like most new parents, you’ve been thinking about that all-important babyproofing to-do list from the moment you brought your new baby home. You may be prepped and ready to go with dozens of electrical-outlet covers and baby gates, ...
    Libby McMillan Henson
  • Child Using TAblet on Plane
    Kids
    3 Essential Tips to Survive a Long Plane Ride with Your Children
    Airplane travel with kids can be easy and fun for the whole family. Not long ago, in the days before electronic devices were allowed to be used during takeoff and seat backs featured televisions with built-in video games, you had to pack a huge b...
    Cara J. Stevens
  • Baby Sleeping in a Box
    Babies and Toddlers
    The Pros of Having Your Baby Sleep in a Box
    New Jersey recently became the first in the U.S. to launch a universal Baby Box program, which, according to research, reduces infant mortality rates, including Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome. (SUIDS). According to NPR, Alabama and Ohio ...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Graco Pack n Play
    Setting Up the Nursery
    Where Should Newborns Sleep?
    Have you decided where your new bundle of joy will sleep when she comes home? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping your infant in the same room where you sleep (but not in the same bed) to greatly reduce the risk of Sudden...
    Erin Dower
  • Kids Playing with Vegetables
    Babies and Toddlers
    7 Tricks to Get Your Toddler to Eat His Veggies
    Toddlers and tomatoes just don't go together. Or, do they? Figuring out how to get your toddler to eat his vegetables is a tricky science that parents have been experimenting with for centuries. Next time your little one has a blow up at the sigh...
    Angela Tague
  • Woman choosing a birth control method
    Babies and Toddlers
    Which Method of Birth Control is Right For You?
    Finding the right birth control can seem a bit overwhelming-- after all, there are more than 20 methods to prevent pregnancy. Before making your decision, it's important to research options and educate yourself and your partner. We're here to inf...
    Courtney Key
  • Crying Baby Girl
    Babies and Toddlers
    Decoding Your Baby's Cries: How to Figure Out What She Needs
    Suddenly, your baby starts wailing. Is she hungry? Overtired? In pain? Or does she just need to let out some steam? Figuring out the source of babies' cries can be tough, especially for first-time parents. Here's everything you need to know about...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Toddler Nutrition
    Two-Year-Old Refuses to Eat
    Two-and-a-half-year-olds really want to have control over something -- and what they eat is the number one control issue. ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Newborn hand holding mother
    Babies and Toddlers
    What's It REALLY Like Having a Newborn Baby at Home?
    The arrival of your little bundle of joy means you've entered the brave, new world of parenthood. Pregnancy is in the past. No more doctor visits, no more blood draws, and no more labor pains. The unsolicited advice is sure to continue, though, s...
    Steven Auger